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Des Moines Performing Arts Announces 2018 Summer Camps

January 29, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa - Each summer Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA) offers young people throughout the Midwest the opportunity to explore their interest in performing arts. Two camp models will be offered this summer including, Musical Theater Camp: Heroes, Villains and Sidekicks (six sessions) and Broadway Summer Intensive (one session). 

Registration begins Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 online at DMPA.org/education. Questions should be directed to (515) 246-2360.

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Grades 3–8 (based on Fall 2018 enrollment)

Six sessions:             June 18-22, 2018

                                    June 25-29, 2018

                                    July 9-13, 2018

                                    July 16-20, 2018

                                    July 23-27, 2018

                                    July 30-August 3, 2018

Camp Times: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.– 7 p.m.

This weeklong day camp invites young artists to explore their talents and skills as musical theater actors within an original musical production. Each participant is guaranteed a role, with roles being assigned on the first day via an audition process. Young artists are invited to spend their week rehearsing and participating in theater workshops, as well as making new friends along the way 

By Friday afternoon, the students will be ready to take the stage with confidence. When they perform in the original musical — complete with professional lighting and costumes — they’ll transport the audience into the world of heroes, villains and sidekicks! No previous experience is necessary; all levels are welcome.


Grades 9–First Year of College (based on Fall 2018 enrollment) 

One session: July 16 - 20, 2018

Camp Times: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Professional Broadway faculty lead teens in an immersive week on the “triple threat” skills of musical theater — acting, dancing and singing. Through daily classes, participants will sharpen their performance skills, instill important audition techniques, and increase their knowledge about the Broadway industry as a whole. The week culminates in a showcase for family and friends. While auditions are not required, previous theater training or theater experience is necessary.


About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 38 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines — the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.